Clue d’Aiglun

Driving the Clue d’Aiglun, a balcony road in France

Located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France, the road through the Clue d’Aiglun is one of the famous French balcony roads. It’s a road cut into the rock following a narrow ledge.

The road through the gorges carved by the Esteron river is totally paved. It’s called D10. The most challenging part of the drive is 16.7 km (10.37 miles) long, running east-west from Roquestéron to Le Mas. The road is totally impassable for 2 cars at the same time. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens a kilometre further westward. This part of the D10 road is a stage in some famous car rallyes as Rally d’Antibes or Grasse Alpin.

Plan about 30 minutes to complete the drive without any stop. The road through the gorges (2km. long, 200 to 400 m. high) is continually featured in magazine and television programs internationally linked to driving. There are many tunnels and galleries along the way. The road runs deep into the pine-covered mountainsides around where water flowing down from the Alpes-Maritimes has sculpted countless grottoes and rock passages in the white limestone. Millions of years and the slow work of erosion created the gorges.

This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in France. The single track road has been blasted out of the mountainside and run underneath overhanging cliffs through blind bends prior to entering a rock tunnel that exits directly onto the approach to the Pont d'Aiglun some 3/400 feet above the spellbindingly beautiful mountain 'snow melt' river Esteron. The road, where the Estéron river flowing from the Alpes-Maritimes has carved out canyons and rock passages in the white limestone, follows a series of gorges in the hills north of Cannes.


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